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US firefighters pay a heavy price for contaminated breathing air

by Analox Sensor Technology  (Apr. 17, 2015)

A recent incident at a Fire Department in Henderson, Nevada, prompted emergency action and a hefty bill for city officials. Firefighters reported a smell of petroleum coming from the air tanks in their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The problem was traced to an air compressor which is believed to have introduced contaminants into the ...

Calgon Carbon Awarded Three Year Contract for Carbon Adsorption System and Reactivation Services for Petroleum Refining Facility

by Calgon Carbon Corporation  (Apr. 7, 2015)

Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC: NYSE) announced it has been awarded a three-year contract by a petroleum refining company in the Midwest  to supply 30 carbon adsorption systems and reactivation services to control vapor emissions.  The value of the contract will depend upon the amount of spent activated carbon that is reactivated ...

Oil spills could be cleaned up by bacteria from underground petroleum reserves

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 12, 2015)

Bacteria taken from underground petroleum reserves could be used to effectively break down crude oil from spills at sea, new research has found. The study measured the breakdown of crude oil components in simulated seawater by four bacterial strains that had been isolated from petroleum reservoirs, as well as by four genetically modified stains. ...

Revised Standard Safely Expands Limit on Biofuel Contamination in Jet Fuels

by ASTM International  (Feb. 5, 2015)

A new revision to ASTM International’s aviation turbine fuel standard (D1655) safely adapts to the growing global presence of biodiesel in the petroleum industry. D1655 has been used for decades by the aviation community to help ensure quality control and safe distribution of jet fuel. Biodiesel blends ...

City tries to repair contaminated water system after spill

by Associated Press  (Jan. 20, 2015)

Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in Saturday's spill. As residents of Glendive lined up at a distribution center to ...

EPA, ADEC continue diesel spill cleanup in creek after company fails to complete contamination removal

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jan. 7, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are mobilized to remove 4,400 gallons of low-sulfur diesel from a creek that flows into the Tiekel River after an oil tanker truck slid off the Richardson Highway 48 miles northeast of Valdez, Alaska on Dec. 9 and spilled the fuel it was transporting. The ...

Canadian Claiming Fracking Contaminated Water Can Sue Government, Court Rules

by Bloomberg BNA  (Nov. 19, 2014)

A Canadian woman who claims hydraulic fracturing contaminated her groundwater can sue the Alberta government for allegedly failing to properly investigate her claims and fix any issues, a superior court judge ruled. An Alberta court Nov. 7 ruled that Jessica Ernst—who said she ...

EPA Awards Texas $2.5 million to Reduce Water Contamination Risk in Underground Tanks

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 10, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality $2,506,000 to prevent and respond to petroleum leaks from in underground storage tanks (UST). Leaks from underground storage tanks allow toxic fumes and vapors to escape and collect in areas such as parking garages or basements where ...

EPA: Lockheed West Seattle/Shipyard 2 cleanup will help Puget Sound

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Apr. 28, 2015)

Another environmental milestone has been reached at the former Lockheed West Seattle Shipyard/Shipyard 2 on Seattle’s Elliott Bay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order to the Lockheed Martin Corporation for the cleanup of their property on Seattle’s Elliott Bay. Lockheed West Seattle/Shipyard 2, is the latest in ...

Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

by Associated Press  (May 22, 2015)

More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky crude that escaped from a ruptured pipeline, officials said Thursday. Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea just ...

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